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Candor needed on taxes

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

Most folks around here don’t like the government.

Of course, many of them have a government job in Oak Ridge or at TVA. They drive every day on a road built by the government, stop at a red light installed by the government, and go to sleep in a home paid for with a government-backed loan. On Saturdays each fall, they spend their afternoons cheering for the government-run University of Tennessee football team.

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Fences popping up like mushrooms

Sandra Clark
Editor

Imagine the shock of Patti Bound when a chain link fence appeared around part of the campus of Brickey-McCloud Elementary School, a short distance from her home. “Why should I know anything,” she said when asked. “I’m only on the Board of Education.”

Bounds was surprised to learn that new fencing is coming for Powell Middle School, also in her district. She said fencing has never been discussed during her two years on the board.

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Incumbents only: State facility bars challengers

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

As a politically active Democrat, Janice Spoon says she’s participated in plenty of events at the Ben Atchley State Veterans’ Home, located in Knox County’s 6th District, where she lives, including purely social occasions and candidate meet and greets.

So it shocked her when nursing home officials said County Commission candidate Donna Lucas couldn’t come to the facility to meet the residents.

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Joe Walsh to retire

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Parks and Recreation Director Joe Walsh will retire by April 2018, as he has joined the city’s drop plan. Walsh was hired by former Parks Director Sam Anderson and has been in this department 25 years plus 5 years in the city finance department. Walsh indicated he would stay through December 2017, but had not decided on whether to continue the final four months.

Possible Rogero replacements to Walsh include the new deputy parks director, Aaron Browning, and greenways co-coordinator Lori Goerlich.

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What’s next for Tim Burchett?

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

While contenders are lining up to succeed him as Knox County mayor, Tim Burchett is lacing up his traveling shoes.

On Memorial Day, Burchett, whose final term will end in September 2018, had a speaking engagement in Sevier County. That’s hardly unusual – in recent months, he’s pressed the flesh at Lincoln Day and Reagan Day banquets, Republican Clubs, veterans’ and various civic organizations in Blount County, Roane County, Campbell County, Scott County, Union County, Loudon County, Oak Ridge and Clinton. Requests from Middle and West Tennessee are pending while Burchett works them into a schedule packed full of local appearances.

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West Knox district has best race

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The hottest contested legislative contest in 42 days is for the West Knoxville district where incumbent state Rep. Martin Daniel faces three opponents including former state Rep. Steve Hall whom he defeated two years ago in the GOP primary. The winner probably wins with a plurality (not a majority) of the total vote which is likely to be less than 5,500. In other words, 2,000 votes may win it for someone.

The youngest candidate is James Corcoran, 36, an attorney who lives at 5675 Eagle Crest Drive in northwest Knox County. He is married and the father of twins, James IV and Elsa, 20 months old. He and his family are members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in English as well as the UT College of Law.

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